George Roeder, 1936-2003

Paul Carruthers | May 9, 2003
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George Roeder passed away on May 8, 2003, he was 66. Roeder was one of the top Harley-Davidson AMA Grand National dirt track racers during the 1960s, winning eight national events and finishing second in the Grand National championship in 1963 and 1967.

Like many racers of the era, Roeder was versatile. He set a 250cc land speed record with the Harley-Davidson Sprint streamliner in 1965, and finished on the podium four times at the Daytona 200 roadrace during the 1960s. In 1972, he opened a Harley dealership in his hometown of Monroeville, Ohio. Roeder’s Harley-Davidson is family owned and operated today by his oldest son Will. He is survived by wife Jessie, sons Will, George II (Geo) and Jess and daughter Kami.

A visitation will be held at the Jump-File Funeral Home, 109 Monroe St., Monroeville, Ohio, on Monday, May 12 from 7-9 PM and Tuesday, May 13 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Funeral services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 14 at 10:30 AM, followed by a reception at the Norwalk County Fairgrounds and lap around the race track. Memorials may be sent to Calvary Baptist Church Youth Activity Center in memory of George Roeder. Calvary Baptist Church, 250 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857.

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